Thursday, December 9, 2010

Song of the Goat Workshop

viaCorpora is pleased to host a 2-day workshop with a founding member of Song of the Goat Theatre (Teatr Pieśń Kozła), one of the leading physical theatre companies in the world.

C o o r d i n a t i o n - i n- A c t i n g

“Sensual and spiritual, expressive and ecstatic, gentle and furious.”
Teatr on Song of the Goat’s Macbeth (2008)

“As near to perfect theatre as I have seen in a very long time, it is food for the soul.”
The Sunday Herald on Chronicles (2004)

The workshop explores the concept of actor’s coordination, which unifies rhythm, voice and movement. Ideal for those using their body as the key element in the theatrical devising process, the training incorporates the body into voice, song and text work. It also contributes to the classical actor’s technique, theatre or film, by awakening the sense of internal and external rhythm, working with physical impulse, spatial awareness and focus. For performance professionals, the workshop offers a unique opportunity to examine how the body, voice and imagination can be used to find the new sources of creativity.

This workshop is a culmination of Rafal Habel’s 13 years of research with Teatr Pieśń Kozła (Song of the Goat Theatre), one of the most exciting and innovative Avant-garde theatre companies in Poland and beyond.

Suitable for actors, dancers, performers, directors, university & drama school students.

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, January 15-16, 2011 12-4:30 pm
WHERE: viaCorpora Studio, 6575 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
FEE: General: $120, Students:$90, EARLY Bird :$85 (before December 31).
HOW: Please email to receive an application and further instructions.

DETAILS: Participants should be prepared to work physically and vocally throughout the day. Please wear comfortable practice clothes and be prepared to work in bare feet.

R a f a ł H a b e l, Actor/Musician, has been a member of the internationally renowned Polish theatre company, Teatr Pieśń Kozła (Song of the Goat Theatre) since its inception in 1997. His performances with Pieśń Kozła include ‒ Dithyramb, Chronicles: A Lamentation, Lacrimosa and Macbeth, touring throughout Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. Rafał is one of the teachers in the MA Acting course through Manchester Metropolitan University run by Teatr Pieśń Kozła in Poland. He is a former member of chamber folk music group Lautari, Wrocław, Poland, and a collaborator with Bread In The Bone Theatre Company in London and Poland.

Working with Teatr Pieśń Kozła for 13 years, Rafał Habel has led and co-led workshops around the world. United Kingdom: Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester; Rose Bruford Colledge, London; MAC, Birmingham; Nightingale Theatre, Brighton; The Point, Eastleigh; The Junction, Cambridge; Playhouse Education Outreach Programme, Oxford; The Centre of Performance Research in Wales; Welsh College of Music and Drama, Wales. Australia: Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney; La Troube University, Melbourne; Black Swan Theatre, Perth. USA: La MaMa Theatre, New York City; UCLA Live, Los Angeles; Claremont College, Claremont CA. Cuba: Danza Teatro Retazos; Havana, Cuba. Asia: The National Theatre of Taiwan. Poland: Since 1997 Workshops led and co-led in Wroclaw, Pozna, Jelenia Gora, Tornow, Warszawa, Gdansk.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Those puckish Grand Guignolers are conspiring to play and revel one more time before 2010 runs out! Come celebrate with the viaCorpora Fellowship! 


Grand Guignolers FINAL 
 Physical Theatre Workout 2010



Dear Friends:

Our final physical theatre workout of the year devilishly delves into the spirit of the ancient Roman holiday, Saturnalia.  This pagan holiday/festival was the historical pre-curser of the Feast of Fools and the Christmas season featuring gift giving, revelry, misrule, and the reversal of social roles.  Death and rebirth.  Fool and trickster.  Joyous celebration.  Post-workout libations.

To stay for the post-workout festivities, please bring your favorite libation and edible treats to share (please let me know what you are bringing to even out the goods... though I suppose 10 bottles of red wine isn't a BAD thing.)

Spaces for this evening are already filling up.  BUY TICKET HERE.  $18.

ABOUT MELODRAMA PHYSICAL THEATRE WORKOUTS: Join us for a physically theatrical workout to get you out of your head and into your body. Melodrama is the most expressive of Western theatre forms, the one closest to the theatrical impulse, based in physical gesture, high stakes, big characters, big emotion states, spectacle, the struggle of virtue and evil, and all to music.  The workshop is somewhere between Artaud's "athlete of the emotions" and cops & robbers.  It's cathartic, powerful and FUN!  All levels welcome.
$18/workout. WED., DECEMBER 15th  7:30-10 at ArtWorks Theatre.  6569 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038.  No parking in lot. 

Taught by Debbie McMahon, Director/Creator Grand Guignolers.  

Come play!

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